Most of us know the story of the Garden of Eden as told in the Bible. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then he created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden.
“The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. “(NKJV)
Few locations described in the Bible have fascinated humanity throughout the years so much as the location of the Garden of Eden, mankind’s original and ideal home, from which Adam and Eve were ultimately expelled after they brought sin into the world. To this day, we don’t know exactly where the Garden of Eden was located. Or do we?
Located in an obscure and sparsely populated portion of the central United States, The Garden of Eden is to be found at 2nd and Kansas Ave., Lucas, Kansas.
That’s right Lucas, Kansas.
And the creator was not God but a retired Civil War Veteran named S.P. Dinsmoor Samuel Perry Dinsmoor (March 8, 1843 – July 21, 1932) was a United States teacher and eccentric sculptor from Lucas, Kansas. Dinsmoor served in the Civil War and then taught school in Kansas. When he retired in he began a second career as a sculptor then started building his Cabin Home and the Garden of Eden in 1904 at the age of 64.
Dinsmoor first built and moved into the Cabin Home on the lot he named the Garden of Eden. The cabin is a ten room house and the logs are sculptured and painted limestone. He then designed his landscape and spent the rest of his life creating the Garden of Eden which contains over 200 concrete sculptures depicting Biblical characters, grieving widows, a Goddess of Light and much more.
The final resting place for Dinsmoor and his wife are inside the mausoleum at one corner of the lot. As part of the tour you are allowed to view Dinsmoor in his concrete coffin sealed behind a glass wall. Yes he is there for all to see. Inside the mausoleum is also an unusual double exposed photo of a live Dinsmoor viewing his own deceased body inside the coffin.
The garden is open to the public and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Garden of Eden in Lucas Kansas is an extremely unusual and mysterious place and is Art of Adventure approved for those seeking to discover the rare, strange and exotic. You must see it to believe it.
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